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Bizkaia Court sentences man to 21 years in prison for trying to burn his partner in Bilbao

Mairenis Gomez

June 13, 2024 | 7:00 pm

The Provincial Court of Bizkaia has sentenced a man to 21 years in prison for trying to burn his partner in a fish market in Bilbao in April 2022.

The audience Provincial of Bizkaia has issued a conviction of 21 years and four months in prison to a man accused of trying to burn his partner in a fish market in Bilbao. The events occurred in the early morning of April 30, 2022. When the man poured an accelerant substance on the victim while he was sleeping, provoking him severe burns on the face and the upper third of his body.

The court has considered it proven that the accused acted with the intention of killing to avoid being exposed for another crime.

The court determined that the accused acted with the "intent of killing" his partner to ensure that he did not reveal him to the Ertzaintza or the court for his involvement in another crime in which both were being investigated. The sentence establishes that the defendant used an accelerating substance, which caused very serious burns on the victim.. In addition, the fire caused significant material damage to the fish market, which lacked a certificate of occupancy, as well as to adjacent homes and common elements of the building.

The expert and medical reports presented during the trial denied the accused's version of a possible suicide attempt by the victim. According to experts, it was not an accidental fire. The woman's burns were very localized and had a homogeneous depth and distribution.. Which led to the conclusion that a flammable liquid was used.

The court concludes that the defendant acted to protect himself from any incrimination in another judicial proceeding

The ruling highlights that the attack was committed to protect the accused from any incrimination that could arise from a statement by the victim in another judicial proceeding. The Court of Bizkaia also recognized the simple analogical mitigation of psychological alteration. Based on a forensic medical report that identified features of a personality disorder and a "mild impairment" of the cognitive and volitional capacities of the accused.

Crime of attempted murder

The court sentenced the man to 18 years in prison for the crime of attempted murder in ideal combination with a crime of arson with risk to the life or physical integrity of people, with the aggravating factor of kinship and the mitigating factor of mental alteration. . In addition, he was sentenced to two years and four months in prison and a fine of twelve months for a crime against the Administration of Justice.. For attempting to influence the victim with violence or intimidation so that he would modify his procedural actions.

He was also sentenced to one year in prison and a fine of twelve months for a crime of discovery of secrets.. Since the accused seized the victim's cell phone during the attack and accessed the information contained on the device without returning it.

The Provincial Court of Bizkaia has sentenced a man to 21 years in prison for trying to burn his partner

Compensation and precautionary measures imposed by the court

The man must compensate the victim with 600.000 euros for the serious injuries and physical and mental consequences. In addition, he will have to pay 93.329 euros to the owner of the fish market and 90.793 euros to the community of property owners for the damages caused. The court established a ban on the accused from communicating with or approaching the woman within 500 meters for 28 years. And he imposed a five-year supervised release after serving the prison sentence.

Without a doubt, the sentence reflects an effort to guarantee justice for the victim and adequately punish the aggressor. The sentence can be appealed to the Superior Court of Justice of the Basque Country, offering a last opportunity for any appeal.

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